Reciprocity and the artist book

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In his essay ‘Reciprocity’ cultural ecologist David Abram suggests that humanity may learn from the wild salmon a different way of being in the world, a way, based on mutual exchange rather than the exercise of power and control. In this paper I reflect on Abram’s view of reciprocity in relation to the artist book. Are the collaborations involved in the creation and reception of the poetic artist book a model of reciprocity? If so, can this form of art practice lead us away from our high speed, individualistic modern existence to a gentler, more thoughtful and ultimately more sustainable way of living?

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-31
Number of pages3
JournalThe Blue Notebook: a new journal for artists' books
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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